Is Deontay Wilder Related to LeBron James?

Published 01/10/2021, 9:30 AM EST
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 18: Deontay Wilder visits “Extra” at Burbank Studios on November 18, 2019 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)


Deontay Wilder is no short of a big brand in heavyweight boxing today. He is one of the scariest knockout artists the sports have ever seen. But in his budding years, a common question popping up among boxing fans was- Is he related to NBA star LeBron James by any means?

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More than a year ago, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ was in an interview with GQ Sports, where he shed some light on this highly talked upon topic.

He said, “You know what, true story back in 2007, 2008, during the Olympics, Beijing, people come up to me all the time asking me, ‘Are you, LeBron James?’ Asking for autographs and stuff.”

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 04: Athlete LeBron James, recepient of Icon 360 Award and daughter Zhuri James attend Harlem’s Fashion Row during New York Fahion Week at Capitale on September 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Wilder flashed back to a time when he was an amateur fighter who was representing his country in the prestigious Olympic games. He affirmed that there was a sea of fans who came up to him asking for photos and autographs. Wilder looks pretty similar to James, and that puzzled the group of fans who cited the young ‘Bronze Bomber’ as ‘King James’.

He continued, “They really thought I was LeBron. That happened to me so many times for at least about a year or two and it died down, and they finally came to realization that I’m the baddest man on the planet. So now they call me champ Wilder.”

From that time until today, Wilder made his own top-notch profile in the sporting universe and has not needed to introduce himself.

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Can Deontay Wilder turn the tide in his favor this year?

The 35-year-old fought just a single time in 2020. Therein, he succumbed to a dreadful loss to Britain’s Tyson Fury. This was his first career loss that left him staggered.

However, Wilder has left the past behind and is keen on making 2021 his best. He isn’t aligned with any opponent for now, but the ‘Bronze Bomber’ has expressed his interest in booking a trilogy with arch-foe, Fury.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 13: Deontay Wilder screams during a news conference with Tyson Fury at The Novo Theater at L.A. Live on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Wilder will look forward to reclaiming his throne and dwelling at the top for a while. It will intrigue his fans to see him even better inside the squared circle.

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How excited are you for Wilder’s comeback? How will he fare in this trilogy fight?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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